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Top 3 Body Language Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Top 3 Body Language Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

“Actions speak louder than words” is an expression that we’ve heard time and time again and it still has value today, especially in the workplace. Studies show that only 7 percent of the communication is actually based on what we say, while 38 percent of our communication comes from our tone of voice. However, body language accounts for the other 55 percent of our communication. Body language is a key element of both personal and professional life, and is often the aspect of communication focused on the least. It can make or break a first impression, change a conversation, or even be linked to declining profits. Whether you’re slouched at your desk at work or looking around during a conversation with a friend, body language is a key indicator as to what an individual is thinking and feeling. While it is important to focus on what we say and how we say, more people, especially those in client facing businesses, should learn about body language and the messages it sends. Read ahead to find out if you’re committing any of the common body language faux pas and suggestions on how to avoid them. 3 Body Language Mistakes… Facial Expressions Facial expressions are arguably the most important aspect of body language. Your face is the first thing that others see, and it’s a primary indicator of your level of engagement, interest, and satisfaction. Since facial expressions can convey a multitude of emotions, it is important to understand what different expressions commonly indicate. Smiling, for example, is one of the most positive facial expressions you can have during a discussion. It...
How To: Work Proactively on a Team While Working Remotely

How To: Work Proactively on a Team While Working Remotely

Being a remote worker is not for everyone. It is simply not possible for everyone to work alone yet also be part of a team. This kind of work requires inner strength and concentration mixed with an open communicative style. It can often need multitasking skills, working on simultaneous projects or doing one task while talking to colleagues on other issues. Work timeframes may become more flexible with long evenings or early starts, or working over the weekend. It is possible, however, to be a proactive team member, and indeed a more effective one, when not actually in the office or with the entire team each working from home. Since our employees here at Contactually have the option for flexible hours and a few teams have remote members, we decided to tackle the often contentious topic of productively working from home or remotely! Read on for how to work remotely & be proactive: Personal Life Considerations Is working from home as a remote worker within a team the right job for you? There is a sharp psychological divide between setting your own work and going out to work. Those who fail let their personal lives take over the work they should be doing or if they see working remotely as a chance to be lazy and to disrespect the urgency or quality of a job. It can also be intensely lonely with your only communication being chatting or the odd phone call, and visit from the neighbor’s cat. Are there distractions at home like partners, family, and kids? Do you have a dedicated space allotted for work? The answers...
5 Strategies for an EPIC 2017

5 Strategies for an EPIC 2017

We all know that resolutions are nice in theory, but only 8% actually achieve it – in fact, within the first week, 25% have already given up! Why? Because we don’t fully grasp that we have to change our entire way of thinking to adapt to this new desired reality – which is incredibly challenging to do. So why are we leaving the change we want to see in our business and our lives to something so ineffective? Strategies will win in 2017. Let’s implement strategies, now, for an epic 2017. If you want to lose weight, don’t just say you’re going to lose weight. Come up with 50 recipes to choose from, weekly grocery lists, and block off time on Sunday nights to making lunches. If you want to learn a new skill – great, sign up for the course now, pay for the entire year, and set time in your calendar to practice. And if you know that being obsessive with your sphere, your network of key relationships, is core to your business, get the processes and tools in place now, so Jan 2nd, 2017 is all about execution. Don’t waste another second of your remaining time on earth on an intention. To get you started, here are five specific strategies – recipes you can implement today. We at Contactually have given a webinar to thousands of folks with about 18 in total, but these are the key ones you should focus on as we enter a new year: Strategy One: Calendar Driven Look back on your calendar for the past few weeks. Other than holidays, how...
Real Estate Agents’ Top Time Saving Tools

Real Estate Agents’ Top Time Saving Tools

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the PieSync blog, you can find it here.  We all know there are loads of apps out there claiming to help you get the most out of your time. But who has the time to test out all of those time-saving tools to see if they live up to their claims about saving you time? If you’re a Real Estate Agent, you’re pressed for time more than anyone. When deals can be made or broken in mere minutes, you don’t have time to be dilly-dallying with things or tools that may waste your time. Full Disclosure: I’m not a Real Estate Agent. So I thought I’d ask a whole bunch of working Real Estate Agents what time-saving tools they recommend, and this list is the result. 9 Time Saving Tools for Real Estate Agents: Check out the list of these handy time-saving tools for real estate professionals…from real estate professionals! Aren’t in the real estate business? We recommend checking out the list anyway, these tools are great for anyone looking to maintain productivity and crucial business relationships. Erin Wheelock, Real Estate Salesperson with The Alliance Team at Keller Williams NYC, recommends the following two apps:  Boomerang My favorite extension is Boomerang to track when emails are opened. This way I know exactly when clients open emails, and then I can call when it’s fresh in their minds, or even in front of their face. ProfitDash My favorite app is ProfitDash. This app tracks all of my spendings on a per listing basis. This allows me to create more accurate budgets for my...
Less is More: Decoding the Productivity Myth

Less is More: Decoding the Productivity Myth

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Annie McMindes for the Sigstr blog. You can find it here. We are impatient. In our always-on, agile, tech-obsessed society, we want what we want and we want it yesterday. We depend on fatter pipelines, fuller funnels and more prospects. And the only way to meet the rising demand is to work longer hours, without breaks, and stay connected at all times. Every time we hear the chirp of our smartphone singing in a new email, we jump to respond. We check it in bed, at the dinner table, in the park with the kiddos, on family vacations. A 2012 study by the Center for Creative Leadership found 60 percent of smartphone-using professionals were connected to the office for an average of 72 hours a week. We’ve become narcissistic drones, we’re told, lacking the will-power to look away from the soft glow of our iPhone 7s. We’re desperate to stay at the center of attention, and frantic to remain reachable at all times. And it’s absolutely true many of us can probably chill with the social media frenzy. No one needs to know what you had for lunch, second lunch, dinner, snack or your 2 a.m. fridge-raid. But it’s becoming overtly clear the workplace demands propel a huge portion of the anxiety-induced phone-glancing. 4 Steps to Slow Down & Maintain Productivity: When we slow down, we’re labeled a slacker. We’re led to believe we’re doomed to get less done. We slow down but the world races forward, leaving us in the dust. But staying in the perpetual “on” position is completely...
The 6 Best Chrome Extensions for Real Estate Pros

The 6 Best Chrome Extensions for Real Estate Pros

We all love a good time saver, right? And Chrome extensions are often the be-all end-all when it comes to finding a quick hack during your daily internet browsing or time spent online for work. For those who may not quite be in the know, don’t worry, it’s nothing you can’t remedy in a quick three minutes! Are you using Chrome as your browser? If so, then great, you’re on the right track. If not, go ahead and download it. It’s Google’s excellent Internet browser and probably one of your better options out there. As for the Chrome extensions, think of them as a free little widget that sits at the top of your browser and completely enhances your Internet browsing activities. Currently, my favorite extension is Honey, which finds discount codes for you and automatically tries them out when you go to check out from your online shopping spree. I’ve saved quite a bit of money through it…and that’s just one of the many, many extensions out there. Now, as a real estate agent, your business may not quite benefit from the usage of Honey, but we’re sure that there are a few extensions that could in fact help your productivity and more throughout your day. Before you head to the Chrome Web Store and go wild with downloading every great extension, take a look through our list and use it to create your personalized, curated web-browsing experience! Check out the 6 best chrome extensions for real estate professionals: We know, there’s an epidemic when it comes to how distracted we get throughout the day. Whether we’re checking...